MLB, Porter Fischer's lawyer meet

Updated: July 3, 2013, 11:45 AM ET
By Mike Fish and T.J. Quinn | Outside the Lines

Top MLB officials met Tuesday in Miami with the attorney representing Porter Fischer, the former Biogenesis clinic employee who is at the center on an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, "Outside the Lines" has learned.

Fischer, a former Biogenesis investor and marketing director for the now-shuttered clinic, has been the primary source of documents linking more than 20 professional baseball players to self-described biochemist Tony Bosch's wellness facility, including Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and Nelson Cruz.

MLB officials traveled from New York to met with attorney Raymond Rafool in advance of sitting down with Fischer, perhaps by the end of the week or early next week.

Rafool is a prominent Miami attorney who has made headlines successfully representing the likes of Linda Hogan in her divorce settlement from wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, as well as winning a large settlement for the ex-romantic partner of tennis great Martina Navratilova.

In representing Fischer, a longtime friend of Bosch, the attorney is taking on the lead whistle-blower in what could potentially be one of professional sports' largest doping scandals. Fischer first leaked documents to Miami New Times. "Outside the Lines" has reported that MLB will seek to suspend upward of 20 players connected to the Biogenesis clinic.

Sources familiar with the investigation described Fischer as having a "mother lode" of documents dating back to 2009. The detailed records are believed to pertain not only to Biogenesis, but other clinics Bosch has been associated with and may include athletes other than baseball players.

The cooperation comes on the heels of Bosch, the Biogenesis founder, reaching an agreement in late May to cooperate with MLB investigators, potentially giving MLB additional evidence in its bid to suspend players. Bosch has first-hand knowledge of his involvement with players, but Fischer is believed to possess considerably more documents.

T.J. Quinn joined ESPN in November 2007 as an investigative reporter for ESPN's Enterprise Unit, which is charged with developing long-form, investigative features to be presented across multiple platforms.

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